Is CNN biased against Trump

US President Donald Trump can usually rely on the television channel Fox News. No other channel is so sympathetic to him. If one were given the task of creating a state radio that always praised the great president with iron and loyalty, one would have to point out that he already exists. That's why Fox News is Trump's favorite broadcaster. He is his window to the world. But now Fox News has done something unheard of from Trump's point of view. The station has sided with CNN. So, to the side of the archenemy.

The locked out Jim Acosta gets on the nerves of many colleagues. Above all, he is a self-promoter

CNN has just sued Trump for the White House revoking reporter Jim Acosta's accreditation. The case has attracted some attention across national borders after Trump and Acosta had a verbal exchange of blows at a press conference after the congressional elections last week. At the height of the argument, a White House intern tried to take the microphone away from Acosta, but it was not available. A few hours later, the White House announced that Acosta would no longer have access to the site until further notice.

Acosta gets on the nerves of many colleagues because he is always looking for a big performance. Above all, he is a self-promoter. However, that has not stopped the great majority of colleagues from taking their side on the matter. His right to annoy everyone, they think, is protected by the Constitution. The New York Times supports CNN's lawsuit against the White House as well as the Washington Post or the agencies AP and Bloomberg. And now Fox News too.

Channel boss Jay Wallace explained that although the increasingly hostile tone between the press and the president is not approved, it goes without saying that freedom of the press is supported. The award of accreditations should never be used as a weapon, he said. This is an extremely interesting step.

The station's news journalists are increasingly against the grain that their employer is perceived as a pure propaganda channel for Trump. This displeasure became particularly loud when Fox presenter Sean Hannity recently stepped onto the stage at a Trump election campaign, promoting the president and had the nerve to revile the assembled press with Trump's favorite term "fake news". He pointed to the part of the hall where the media were gathered, including his colleagues from Fox News.

Hannity later made a half-baked apology attempt on Twitter. Of course, he didn't mean his own colleagues. But the media, which reported false and inaccurate and biased. For example CNN. The climate at Fox News was pretty poisonous, however. Hannity is one of the most prominent faces on the station. It's one thing when he sings the President's song on his own show. It is different when he appears side by side with the president and, as his lackey, mocks his colleagues.

Internally, the bosses gave Hannity to understand that he had gone too far. Since then, the station has endeavored to sharpen its profile as a clearly conservative, yet independent news medium. Apparently the view has prevailed that the will of the president had been submitted too much. CNN's lawsuit came as an opportunity to show that one still has decency and journalistic standards.

It can be assumed that Fox News has sided with the winners. Most legal experts believe that CNN will succeed with the lawsuit because freedom of speech is enshrined in the First Amendment to the American Constitution. Initially, the White House had argued that Acosta's accreditation had been withdrawn because he had laid hands on the intern who wanted to take the microphone from him. A video was released as evidence that had apparently been sped up to make the process look more dramatic.

There are doubts the White House is embarking on a legal battle it is likely to lose

Since this strategy failed, the White House changed its reasoning, arguing that Acosta had refused to hand over the microphone and thereby hindered the work of the other journalists. He also lacked respect for the president. The constitutional experts in Washington regard the fact that the reason for the withdrawal of accreditation has been changed as a sign of weakness.

It is doubtful whether the White House will really get involved in a high-profile legal battle that it will in all probability lose. However, Trump hates to back off. It is therefore possible that he pulls through the matter and then portrays himself as a victim of a corrupt judiciary and the evil media. This tactic has always been well received by his base.

The fact that this escalation could even come about is because Acosta and Trump benefit each other. If Trump or his spokeswoman Sarah Sanders wanted to avoid a confrontation with Acosta, it would be easy: they would simply have to ignore him at press conferences. The President or his spokeswoman decide who is allowed to ask a question in this context. Accreditation does not mean the right to ask a question.

But Trump loves the argument. Again and again he calls Acosta, and then he takes up position, ready to fight. Acosta does him the favor of playing the aggressive, self-indulgent reporter, and that gives Trump an opportunity to reprimand him. For his basis, according to Trump's calculation, these disputes should reveal how unfairly the president is being treated by the press or by "fake news".

In terms of information, nothing comes out of these duels, rarely or never. But for Acosta they are big performances that make him known nationwide, for CNN they are advertisements, and for Trump the opportunity to show his supporters that the establishment is against him. It's a spectacle that benefits both sides. The court will now decide when it will be performed again.